KARACHI - The production at Pakistan Steel Mills hit zero level owing to the low gas pressure from SSGC. According to PSM sources, the existing pressure of less than 0.9 kg/cm2 and flow of 12,000 m3/hour is not sufficient to produce any product, while intermittently starting and stopping of huge Blast Furnaces is not only leading to their complete stoppage but have skulled all ladles except 2 of the total 19 available which handle hot metal. The officials described it as a very serious situation pointing out that minimum pressure of 3 kg/cm2 and flow rate of 28,000m3/hour is essential for any production.

They said the Pakistan Steel Mills was endeavouring to reach the break even level but the low gas pressure has devastated the future of the industry and its employees.